Mozart Museum & A Taste of Egypt

Bertramka is the name given the Prague Mozart Museum.

In 1787, shortly before the premiere of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart moved to Bertramka to finish his masterpiece.  The part of the villa that served as the living quarters is now a museum and features a permanent exhibition on W.A. Mozart and the Dušeks, his host family. Remarkably, Bertramka is preserved in more or less the same state as Mozart knew it.

This fine setting gave Mozart the peace and quiet he craved. Bertramka is situated about a mile from the city centre. In the late 18th century it would still have been well outside the walls of the city, beneath the vineyards on the slopes of Černý vrch (Black Hill). Today the villa with its grounds still maintains tranquillity.

clip_image001Michael coming to the entrance of Bertramka…We took a tram to below the hill, looked around us and could not figure out HOW to get up to a lovely villa we could see.  In fact we did not even know if it was the place we wanted to go!  Then Michael spotted a hand painted sign indicating the way to walk.  So up the hill we went….it was the house we could see from below.  Today it is truly in the middle of the city, and hard to believe at one time it was in the country!

clip_image001[5]A beautiful wooden gate to welcome us in…with a lovely cobbled path just wide enough for horse and buggy!  The barn is the building you see in the background…as this was a farm as well as a villa.

 

clip_image001[7]Closer look.  I was bitterly disappointed in our visit.  Not in the building, nor seeing Mozart’s things, but the fact that we were under the impression we could have lunch there.  But no, lunch was not offered.  And we had read where you can hear free concerts everyday!  Well, not this day, apparently!  It was the first museum we had gone to that the man at the desk seemed to wish he were somewhere else!  At least the loo was available – for free!  Ha, ha!  And again, NO PICTURES inside allowed.

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A lovely statue in the garden…the grounds were very peaceful.

 

 

clip_image001[11]And this is the villa.  The rooms that Mozart used are still as they were in his day with his piano and desk and bed, etc. 

 

 

 

We were very hungry, so off we went to find a place to eat.  Michael had spotted a very large shopping center on the way here, so he thought we should walk back and do some shopping (they had a big 2 floor Tesco supermarket) plus lots of clothing and electronic shops and restaurants.  So, we walked along a very very busy freeway and in no time got to the shopping center.  It was really fun to look around in the supermarket.  I bought a few items we cannot find here on Paros.  We found the food court and both spied a restaurant called The Sphinx!  Had a good lunch.  What was funny was that we could not read the menu.  It was Egyptian, but written in Czech!  With few pictures, we had NO clue what we were eating.  Ended up being delicious!

clip_image001[13]Overhead in the restaurant were beautiful lamps made from gourds!  Michael suggested I use my gourds on Paros to do the same!  Gosh, I think making such precise holes would be quite difficult, but it IS an idea.

What looks like lights flowing out of the gourd is clip_image001[15]actually Christmas lights in the center atrium!  But aren’t the gourd lights beautiful?

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